COLUMBUS, Ohio (Oct. 27, 2016) — Columbus Collaboratory, an advanced analytics and cybersecurity company, announced the addition of Jeff Schmidt as vice president, chief cybersecurity innovator, to its executive team. A twenty-year industry veteran, Jeff will relocate from Chicago to lead the technology and services practice in cybersecurity, and be responsible for the strategic direction, IP roadmap and development of the practice. He will report to President and CEO Matt Wald.

“Jeff’s deep expertise in both the public and private cybersecurity sectors is a tremendous asset to the Collaboratory team,” said Wald. “As a former entrepreneur and chief information officer, he is attuned to how cybersecurity affects the direction and needs of a company. Attracting an industry expert, like Jeff, from Chicago is further proof that Columbus is growing into a technology powerhouse.”

Jeff is an accomplished cybersecurity expert with a background in security and risk management. He was the founder and CEO of JAS Global Advisors LLC, a security consulting firm in Chicago, and founded Authis, a provider of innovative risk-managed identity services for the financial sector. Jeff is a board member for Delta Risk LLC, A Chertoff Group Company, a global advisory firm focused on security and risk management. Jeff also spent time at The Ohio State University where his responsibilities included IT strategy for the University’s second largest business unit and spearheaded the first internal malicious testing of Windows 2000 while at Microsoft Corp. In 1998, Jeff worked with the FBI to create the InfraGard Program, receiving commendations from the Attorney General and the Director of the FBI.

“The Columbus Collaboratory’s business model is extremely unique in that it is an effort by Fortune 1000 companies to jointly develop solutions in advanced analytics and cybersecurity, and bring talent to the Columbus region,” said Schmidt. “I’m thrilled to join such an innovative team that is able to accelerate cybersecurity solutions for its member companies and bring valuable insights to the technology industry.”

Jeff is the author of “The Microsoft Windows 2000 Security Handbook” and contributed to several books including “Cyber Security Policy Guidebook.” He is an adjunct professor of systems security engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology and a Zurich Cyber Risk Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, at The Atlantic Council. Jeff received a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems and a MBA from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

About Columbus Collaboratory

The Columbus Collaboratory is a rapid innovation and insights company founded by seven leading companies which focuses on delivering business value through advanced analytics and cybersecurity solutions. By working collaboratively on complex challenges common to member companies, the Collaboratory develops solutions that enhance operational efficiencies and competitiveness for the member companies and have application in the broader market. Along the way, the Collaboratory is expanding and building skills for Columbus, Ohio’s IT workforce and securing the city’s future as a national leader in technology innovation. For more information, please visit

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